taken from Horse Cove; Gurely, Alabama
Nikkor 50mm 1.8, 10 seconds @ f1.8, ISO 2500
Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2: taken from Horse Cove; Gurely, Alabama
Nikkon 300mm f2.8; 6 seconds @ f2.8; ISO 5000
I went out this evening to find Comet Lovejoy. It is a naked-eye object, but was not very birght. Once I found it with binoculars it was easy to see without optics. Comet Lovejoy dosen't have much of a dust tail. In the bottom photo you can see a spec of the tail (at about 9:00). With longer exposures the tail is more visible, but the background is much lighter. According to Sky & Telescope the green glow comes from molecules of diatomic carbon (C2) fluorescing in ultraviolet sunlight.
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